November 8, 2007

The Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg
and The Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown

Project Founder: Doris T. Zallen
Project Directors: Eileen Crist, Daniel Breslau, Saul Halfon
Research Associate: Brandiff Caron

For more information, contact the Choices and Challenges Project, Department of Science and Technology in Society
Virgina Tech, Mail Code: 0247
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Phone: 540 231-6476


The Choices and Challenges Project is excited to announce four upcoming performances of an original theatrical production about nuclear power,which will be staged on the Virginia Tech campus in conjunction with this November’s Choices and Challenges forum, “Nuclear Power Reconsidered.” Performances will occur on the following dates:

Date & Time


Wednesday November 7
(Full Performance)

Haymarket Theatre, Squires Student Center

Thursday, November 8
7:30 pm
(Full Performance)

Haymarket Theatre, Squires Student Center

Friday, November 9
7:30 pm
(Workshop Performance)

Room F, Graduate Life Center at the Donaldson Brown

Sunday, November 11
2:30 pm
(Workshop Performance)

Room F, Graduate Life Center at the Donaldson Brown

Created under the leadership of Ann Kilkelly and Drew Dowdy, this collaboratively developed performance explores the personal and public politics of nuclear power: Is today’s nuclear power safe, clean, sustainable, and ‘green’? What role should nuclear power play as we confront the current energy crisis? Does nuclear power help to build the future we want? How do we decide? Each performance will be followed by a facilitated community dialogue.

This original performance was developed by the Theatre Workshop in Science, Technology, and Society (TWISTS), partially supported by the Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment (ISCE) summer fellowship program, the Department of Science and Technology in Society in partnersip with the Department of Theatre Arts, and the Choices and Challenges Project.

TWISTS uses an innovative workshop model that brings together experts on the social and technical dimensions of science and technology with theatre arts practitioners to develop original performance pieces. By combining theatre, music, movement, and discussion, TWISTS seeks to facilitate dialogue about contemporary scientific and technical controversies amongst student, public, and professional communities. TWISTS is co-directed by Saul Halfon (Virginia Tech) and Jane Lehr (Cal Poly). Project staff includes faculty and students from the departments of Science and Technology in Society, Theatre Arts, Teaching and Learning, English, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Sociology.

We warmly invite you to attend these performances and help shape the community dialogue about nuclear power. Online resources and other support materials geared towards community groups, secondary teachers, and university educators will be made available on our website closer to the performance dates:

As TWISTS continues to grow in the coming years, our goal is to partner with schools and other organizations to tour our original performances throughout the region and to facilitate workshops for students, teachers, and community members. Workshops will seek to support explorations of the relationships between science, technology, and society; train participants in theatrical techniques that promote engagement and dialogue; and/or create new performance materials.

Please contact ( us for more information and to get involved in this exciting project.